(5) June 2013

Sinarmas expands oil palm plantations in Papuan forests

A report has revealed that Golden Agri Resources (GAR), the Sinarmas Group’s oil palm business, is expanding its oil palm plantations in more than 20,000 hectares of forests in Papua. The expansion permit was obtained after the forests were removed from the government’s moratorium map on primary forests. (Jakarta Post)

Brazilian Tribe Opens Indigenous Education Center

An education center created by the Paiter-Surui tribe in the Brazilian Amazon that will offer professional courses to the area's indigenous has finally opened. (Global Voices)

Straightening out accounts on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

Between August 2011 and July 2012, 4,571 square kilometres in the Amazon were deforested – the lowest annual rate since the Institute of Space Research (INPE) began satellite monitoring in 1988, and 27 percent lower than in the previous 12-month period. (Frayssinet / IPS)

Success: Soliga tribe’s forest rights upheld in court

A village belonging to the Soliga tribe in southern India has won an important court victory after its entire stock of honey was seized by local forestry officials in May. (Survival)

Resurgence of indigenous identity in the crossfire in Brazil

The “national strike” organised Friday Jun. 14 mobilised a few thousands of farmers in some places and a few hundred in others. But the protests and roadblocks were only part of an ongoing offensive by landowners and agribusiness against the creation of new indigenous territories and the expansion of existing ones. (Osava / IPS)

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